Responsible Purchasing - The Big Cat Sanctuary

Responsible Purchasing

FSC certified wood

All wood used onsite at The Big Cat Sanctuary is FSC approved. FSC stands for Forest Stewardship Council and is dedicated to the promotion of responsible forest management worldwide. FSC’s logo is used to indicate that products are certified under the FSC system. If you see the FSC logo on a label, whether that be on wood, paper or cardboard, you can buy that forest product with confidence that you are helping to ensure our forests are alive for generations to come! FSC certified forests are managed with consideration for people, wildlife and the environment. To learn more about FSC please click here!

MSC certified fish

All fish used onsite at The Big Cat Sanctuary is MSC approved. This includes the fish served in our restaurant and the fish used to feed our cats! The MSC stands for Marine Stewardship Council. It is an ecolabel which is only applied to wild fish or seafood from fisheries that have been certified to the MSC Fisheries Standard, a set of requirements for sustainable fishing. Fish and seafood with the blue label come from a fishery that has been independently assessed on its impacts on wild fish populations and the ecosystems they’re part of. Overfishing is a huge threat to our oceans with more than a third of fish stocks estimated to be fished at unsustainable levels. The MSC certifies seafood as sustainable if it has come from fisheries that catch fish in a way that ensures the long term health of a stock or species and the wellbeing of the ocean. To learn more about the MSC click here!

Buying Local

We are working hard to source local produce and products to serve, sell and use onsite! Our chefs purchase meat from our local butchers and fish from our local fishmongers, supporting these small local businesses. Our bar team stock drinks produced locally, including cider made in the nearby village of Biddenden and pale ale made in the Kentish town of Whitstable.  In our lodges you will find luxury bath and shower products produced in Canterbury, made using locally sourced extracts from the British Isles. By purchasing these products we are supporting local businesses and cutting down the miles these items have to travel to reach us!